Carly Sakolove was born and raised just outside of Boston, MA. At
the age of 15, she moved with her family to South Florida, only to
return to her roots in Boston for collegiate studies. With Broadway in
her sights, she relocated to NYC immediately after college graduation
and signed with her current talent agency. She currently resides in
New York City.
Carly attended an arts high school, The Alexander W Dreyfoos, Jr.
School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida She received a
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from The Boston
Conservatory. In the summers of her youth, she attended varied
musical theater specific summer programs including Stagedoor
Manor, Walnut Hill, and The Broadway Theater Project.
Along the way, Carly has had the great privilege to train with
legendary Broadway mentors such as Bill Russell, Henry Krieger,
Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, Sandy Duncan and Frank Wildhorn.
Impersonations came easily and early to Carly. As a young girl, she
would constantly impersonate stars she saw on TV. Her favorites to
perform (at age 10) were Barbara Walters, Jim Carrey, and rocker
At the age of 14, she landed the role of Dorothy in a community
theater production of The Wizard of Oz. She discovered she
sounded eerily like Judy Garland, which sparked her serious interest
in vocal impersonations. People often asked, even then, if she was
lip-syncing in the show! As time went on, she began closely studying
the voices of all the Broadway greats and one by one began to
master each voice. This lead to perfecting impersonations of Liza
Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Idina Menzel, Adele, Jennifer Coolidge,
Shakira, Carol Channing, Bette Midler, Julie Andrews, Jane Lynch,
Celine Dion, and many more.
Carly’s theater credits include the role of Rosie in Mamma Mia! in the
National Tour and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, as well as
successful runs in the Off-Broadway shows,
The Marvelous Wonderettes, NEWSical the Musical
and Girls Night: The Musical. In October, 2018 she created the role of
Ethel Merman in the in the NYC premiere of Book of Merman!
Carly’s Broadway diva impersonation videos (Some People Have
Multiple Personality Disorder & Broadway Divas Send In The Clowns)
launched on YouTube have generated nearly 200,000 views to date.
In 2010, Dave Itzkoff of the New York Times praised Ms. Sakolove’s
uncanny talent and advised his readers to "take a number" and view
Broadway Divas Send In The Clowns! The video also garnered Carly
notable mention as one of Time.com's Top Ten Talented Web Videos
of 2010. In addition, New York Post Theater Critic, Michael Reidel,
called Carly’s earlier one-woman show, I Hear Voices, “the funniest
show I’ve seen this year.”
As Carly would tell you, her journey reflects Stephen Sondheim lyric
from his musical, Into The Woods: "If you know what you want, then
you go, and you find it and you get it."